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The Student Innovators is a group of students passionate about using technology to help learning. They will be trying out apps and web tools alongside their studies and give feedback on the Student Innovator blog. They work together as a team to share their experiences so you know before you download which app is best. You are welcome to read their reviews and leave comments.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Pushbullet Review - By Mustafa Mahmoud

Pushbullet Review

There are some apps out there that are considered necessities. In my opinion, this is one of those apps. Pushbullet is an app that, in its own words “saves you time by moving your notifications, links, and files wherever you go”. In my experience, pushbullet does exactly that.

 It requires very little setup (only two main steps (and it walks you through it)) and after that, it just works in the background. The way it works is that the file or notification gets sent from your phone to the servers and then to your laptop (or other device), meaning that both devices don’t even need to be connected to the same internet connection (like most pairing services require).

 The list of different things it can do is phenomenal. You can send files between devices (even from a long distance away), you can also send files to friends (you add them through e-mail), you can subscribe to certain websites to certain websites to receive notifications when new posts arrive, and what I believe to be the most useful – receiving notifications across all devices, whether it’s a laptop, computer, tablet, and phone, be it iOS or android. In fact the list of supported devices and OS’ is probably as long as you can get. Pushbullet works on android, iOS, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari (as extensions), and also has native Windows and Mac apps. It doesn’t stop there though, the API has been opened allowing for (un)official Windows Phone, Blackberry, and even Ubuntu apps!

 The website and apps allows you to see previous ‘pushes’ (notifications and what you’ve pushed to other devices) and configure your settings. Notifications are pushed automatically to your selected devices (even which notifications you want pushed can be customised) and with many of them, you can actually interact with them from the other device. This means that if you get a message on your phone, you can reply to it from your laptop! Manually pushing files is simple too. All you have to do is select the file, choose ‘share with Pushbullet’ and then select the device(s) you want to share it to. The system is excellent, easy, and near instantaneous. I cannot stop singing its praises, in fact I use Pushbullet to send screenshots to my laptop when writing these reviews! To top it all off, the app is free, contains no ads, and receives regular support and updates that quashes bugs and adds new features. 

 If you don’t have it already, I urge you to download Pushbullet and give it a try. Chances are, you won’t uninstall it.

You can download Pushbullet from here:

And the rest can be downloaded from here

By Mustafa Mahmoud

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